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DoT and TRAI to start consultation on regulating OTT communication apps

The telecom operators will welcome the move as they have long demanded that OTT communication apps that provide the same services as operators should be subjected to similar regulations

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BS Web Team New Delhi
Over-the-top (OTT) communication apps like WhatsApp and Signal may soon be regulated in India. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has sent a reference to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for consultation, according to a report by BusinessLine (BL)

DoT has undertaken various deliberations to regulate OTT communication apps to prevent the misuse of technology, the report added. 

The department will soon start consultation with the Ministry of Electronics and IT, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 

In November 2018, TRAI had issued a paper titled, "Regulatory Framework for OTT Communication Services", seeking the regulation of apps in

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First Published: Aug 31 2022 | 11:14 AM IST

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